SHOREY SIGNS NEW DEAL - WHITBREAD OUT
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Left back Shorey has put pen-to-paper on a deal that ties him to the Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2005, and the club are delighted to have extended the contract of one of their most promising players.
Royals chairman John Madejski told the club`s website: "We are delighted to have signed Nicky on a new contract. He's shown his mettle in the games he has played and the manager has been delighted with his performances, as has everybody at the club."
Madejski feels it is all part of their long-term plan, adding: "Signing these youngsters is what it is all about, and it is another display of the club's ambition."
Whitbread, meanwhile, will miss the busy Christmas and New Year period with a knee injury.
The former Portsmouth defender feels he was lucky, commenting: "As always with these things it could have been worse but we'll just let it settle and see what happens."
Reading boss Alan Pardew expressed frustration at the news, saying: "Whit's injury is a real disappointment. We've now lost another senior player and we've got to forget about him for the next three or four weeks.
"I've now got six first team players out for the next few weeks - Whitehead, Robinson, Whitbread, Newman, Viveash, Newman and Butler. It's lucky Nicky Shorey has come through for us."
Pardew revealed how his hands are tied with regard to bringing in new players, adding: "Obviously I can't get anyone in on loan. We've only got two fit centre halves and young Ricky Allaway now, and if we get another injury we'll end up playing people out of position."